Well this surprised me. None of the info is new for most of the readers of this blog, but it’s refreshing to see it in a widely read mainstream magazine.
Irving Kirsch no longer sends patients to seek out antidepressants. “As a clinical psychologist,” he says, “I used to refer patients to colleagues who were psychiatrists to get these medications.” But his research over the years has soured him on the drugs, suggesting they work only marginally better in the average patient than a placebo pill.
….critics say a study like Kirsch’s should focus on how many individual patients improve with treatment, not whether the average improvement is clinically significant. By averaging outcomes, the study dilutes some patients’ large improvements with others’ unchanged symptoms. “That’s true,” says Kirsch, but if some people improve more than the average, he says, some must improve less—or even be harmed. “Medications have side effects,” he says. “One of the side effects [of antidepressants] is increased risk of suicide.” (emphasis mine)